For a good portion of my time on this planet I measured life by the big moments, those awe-inspiring moments of accomplishment, achievement, and culmination. I marked success by how many times during the day, week, month, or year there was a spiritual high that I could call a “holy” experience. My sense of accomplishment was tied to the number of finished goals, completed tasks, and mountain top celebrations where I chained myself to some subjective judgment as to whether any particular moment was sacred or not. This kind of living put me smack dab in the middle of a system of measurement anchored in human perception which always leads to suffering. Looking for miracles is a good practice when not attached to the physical, five-sensory tools of measurement. When one can look beyond the temporal, transitory realm of earthly quantifications we open our hearts to the truth expressed by that beautiful song, “Everything is Holy Now.”
On my spiritual path I have begun to realize that everything, everyone, and every moment is holy and contains within it the possibility of the sacred. That sacred is always waiting for me to behold it. Revelations 3:20 – “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” The only difference between then and now is I have changed my perception. I look deeper and longer at whatever is before me, no matter how small, dark, insignificant, or difficult it may seem. The balance between human eyes and spiritual eyes has tipped toward the ethereal, and I have discovered a treasure of living that I had never touched before. Now, for me, every breath, heart beat, and blink of an eye contains within it the possibility of a holy experience. Every relationship, interaction, and person is a blessed opportunity to discover another facet of God. Life is no long measured by how “big” I am living, how much applause I have received, how many goals I have accomplished, or by how many “AHA’” poured in during my morning meditation, but rather by recognizing that the distance between me and heaven is a matter of attitude. My most important spiritual practice over the last three years has been to cultivate an enthusiastic mindset that recognizes that there is not one place, situation, or interaction in the world where God is absent. This requires that I release any notion of greater than/less than that comes with human comparisons and dwell in the secret place of the most high. This secret and sacred place is nothing more than a consciousness that sees God in a multitude of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33. Join me this week in beholding the Divinity of life wherever you happen to be. Let us no longer wait for God at the end of our “to do lists” and seek more diligently, listen more carefully, and answer the door to the sacred more readily……..NOW!